There are many different types of hose loads available. The most common hose load is the flat load, pictured below on 2522. Advantages: • Familiarity • Easy to load Disadvantages: • Can lead to messy stretches Here are some other common loads used by the fire service. Triple Load The triple load is folded by taking the entire length of hose and folding it into thirds on top of each other. This is then folded into an ‘S’ shape and placed back on hose bed. Advantages: • Smooth deployment Disadvantages: • Can only be deployed from one side Here are some other common loads used by the fire service. Minuteman Load • Complicated hose to load • Only deploys from one end • Need to deploy the entire hose before use The Cleveland Load • Some departments use this load instead of either of the previously mentioned loads as their primary attack lines • Our use will be primarily for the apartment pack • Other uses include yard lays, where a larger diameter hose is stretched into a yard and broken down to a smaller hose with a gate valve • Inside larger warehouses with open floor plans The Cleveland Load Concepts behind the use of the Cleveland Load Compact. The load stays in place and does not cause a lot of ‘spaghetti’ in front of the house/structure. Use as much or as little hose as needed. It allows another firefighter to carry the bag with the other supplies for the apartment pack instead of one firefighter carrying everything The Cleveland Load How to fold the load You will use the 150’ 1 ¾” apartment pack with the 7/8” tip. Ideally, you will need a smooth service, like the bay floor, to fold the load. One firefighter can fold the load, but using two is much easier The Cleveland Load Lay out the hose with the male end folded in about halfway. The length should be about 6 feet. The Cleveland Load Start folding the hose back and forth, passing it from firefighter to firefighter The Cleveland Load Continue to fold over the hose The Cleveland Load Once the hose is rolled, attach the nozzle. The Cleveland Load Ideally, we would use fabric cot straps to secure the hose together to keep the nozzle in the roll and secure the female end of the line. For now, we have the Milwaukee Strap The Cleveland Load This is the finished product. The Cleveland Load The load can now be carried to wherever it is to be deployed. Another firefighter should carry the rest of the kit The Cleveland Load We have the line attached to 2521 to simulate connection to a standpipe. The Cleveland Load Remember that this is supposed to be taking place in a stairwell. We drop the load on the ground on the floor below the fire which is where we are making our connection. The Cleveland Load The next step is a key step. The load needs to be stretched open in order for the hose to charge properly. The Cleveland Load The firefighters advancing the line should take out the first few feet before the line is charged. The Cleveland Load Communication between the pump operator and attack team is important. At this point, the attack team states they are ready for water. DO NOT OPEN the nozzle until the entire line charges. The Cleveland Load The line should be entirely charged before opening the nozzle. After it is charged, open the nozzle and bleed air. The pump operator needs to supply the line with about 120 psi in order for proper ‘inflation’. There will be a ‘popping’ of the line as it charges. The Cleveland Load The line can now be stretched as needed with as much hose as needed.